Friday, November 27, 2015

D. Leroy Waggett

Yoskovich Funeral Home

In memoriam of D. Leroy Waggett, 6/17/1925 - 11/27/2015

D. Leroy Waggett, 90, of Carmichaels, passed into eternity at 3:05 a.m. Friday, November 27, 2015, in his home, surrounded by family. He was born June 17, 1925, in Mather, a son of the late William Roy and Edith Bernice Lint Waggett.

Mr. Waggett never strayed far from Cumberland Township, leaving only for wartime service.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy with early graduation from Cumberland Township High School in Carmichaels. He proudly served his country as a ship's cook second class in the Seabees.

After World War II, Mr. Waggett embarked on a 36-year-long career with Buckeye Coal Co. in Nemacolin, where he served in a variety of positions, including chief draftsman, surveyor and working in the supply house. He retired as the mine's director of maintenance.

He gave freely of himself to the community. He particularly enjoyed mentoring young people in his role as a Boy Scout and Explorer Troop leader. He also volunteered as a cook during Boy Scout camping season at Camp Anawanna. Many of his former Boy Scouts attribute their success in life to his influence as a man of caring and integrity. He also worked for many years at Nemacolin community pool and is still fondly known as "Froggie" and "Mr. Waggett" by those who spent their summers there.

Photography was another of Mr. Waggett's passions, and he was well known around town from photographing weddings and community and work events. He was known as the unofficial photographer and historian of Nemacolin Mine.

In his retirement, he remained just as busy working at the former Cumberland Building Supply, where he enjoyed helping customers with all their needs. He enjoyed helping family and friends with home projects. Each of his children can look at their homes and see his personal touch.

Mr. Waggett loved his dog, Wicket, who was his constant companion. He also enjoyed cooking for family and church activities. He would travel with his cooking supplies to make group meals for church events. Mr. Waggett was a longtime member of Nemacolin Presbyterian Church and, most recently, was a member of Greene Valley Presbyterian Church, Carmichaels. Known by his family as a loving and generous man, he was devoted to his wife of 67 years, his children and his extended family. He will be greatly missed. He was the original "corker."

Surviving are his loving wife, Betty Mae Watson, whom he wed June 26, 1948; a son, Donald L. Waggett Jr. and wife Pauline of San Diego, Calif.; four daughters, Beverly Kipfer and husband Donald of Meadville, Betsy Marks of Ashland, Va., Bernice Jeffrey and husband Christopher of Garards Fort and Beth Ann Gould and husband Ryan of Bahama, N.C.; a daughter-in-law, Ruth A. Osborne (Gary) of Carmichaels; 14 grandchildren, Justine Waggett, Shawn Kipfer, Aaron Kipfer, Ulrich Kipfer, Hannah Kipfer, Joyce Edgar (Darrell), Jack Waggett (Kristen), Jeffrey Waggett (Stephanie), Joseph Waggett (Brooke), Ashley Palmer (Sam), Megan Phillips (Ted), Christopher Jeffrey Jr. (Shelby), Cathy Cole and Jacob Gould; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased are two sons, William Robert Waggett, who died in infancy, and Jack K. Waggett; two brothers, Milroy Waggett and Ronald Waggett; and a sister, Betty Jean Waggett, who died in infancy.

He also dearly missed his beloved dog, Wicket.

Family and friends are welcome to visit with the family from 4 to 6 p.m., the time of a memorial service, Tuesday, December 1, in Yoskovich Funeral Home, 300 South Vine Street, Carmichaels, 724-966-5500, Martin J. Yoskovich, funeral director, with the Rev. P. Keith Larson officiating.

The family suggests memorial donations be made to Special Olympics of Crawford County, 222 Chestnut Street, Meadville, PA 16335.

Published in Observer-Reporter from Nov. 28 to Nov. 29, 2015

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